This weekend, Sat & Sun, Minnewaska work days!

Posted by: Jannette

This weekend, Sat & Sun, Minnewaska work days! - 05/18/12 02:41 AM

Help Open Minnewaska to Climbing!

Help us open the Dickie Barre cliff for climbing in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve!

We need lots of volunteers to help us prepare trails and improve the access road to the new climbing area. Volunteers are needed to help layer the rutted out road with gravel, install drainage structures and improve areas around the new climbing cliff. The Access Fund Conservation Team will also be on hand to help.

Work days are both Saturday (5/19) and Sunday (5/20). Meet at 9am at the Peter's Kill Climbing Area parking lot. Tell the people at the gate that you will be volunteering with the GCC. Bring the usual for a work day - work gloves, water, lunch, snacks. If you have extra wheelbarrows and shovels, please bring them too, as we may run short.

Any questions, contact us at

Please spread the word and tell your friends!
Posted by: Jannette

Re: This weekend, Sat & Sun, Minnewaska work days! - 05/18/12 02:47 AM

Reposting a note from Doug Ferguson from another thread, FYI:

The Upper Dickie Barr isn't open to climbing as of yet.

The GCC still has more work to do before Minnewaska officially opens the area to the climbing community. We have done cliff surveys of the area, routes, vegetation studies, trails flagging, sensitive vegetation concerns, anchor bolting considerations, trail construction, and placing water bars on the main Bullwheel Trail. About 30 routes exist in this area ranging from 5.3 to 5.12 with a ton of mid range 5.10's.

The Access Fund has a trail crew working on the area this weekend if you would like to volunteer to help with fixing the road. They are working both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. It would be extremely helpful if the climbing community respected Minnewaska by not climbing in this area until it is completely open to the climbing. It won't be long before it's open so a little patience and possibly some helping hands to finish the work that needs to be accomplished will be all that it takes.

Doug Ferguson